Areas of Expertise (3)
Frederico Finan is a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group. He received his PhD in Agriculture and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley in 2006. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor of economics at UCLA. He is also an affiliate of Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and a research fellow at IZA and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
University of California, Berkeley: PhD, Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of California, Berkeley: MS, Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of Arizona: BA, Mathematics and Economics
Honors & Awards (10)
National Science Foundation, Research Grant (PI)
Latin American Studies Grant
NICHD Pilot Grant, Population Research Center
NICHD Pilot Grant, California Center for Population Research
Institute of Business and Economic Research Grant
World Bank Research Support Grant
Social Science Research Council Fellowship
Selected External Service & Affiliations (7)
- 2009 – present, Affiliate, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL)
- 2009 – present, Affiliate, Center of Evaluation for Global Action (CEGA)
- 2009 – present, Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER
- 2008 – present, Affiliate, Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD)
- 2007 – present, Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
- 2010 – Associate Editor, Journal of Development Economics
- 2006-2009 – Research Associate, California Center for Population Research
Positions Held (1)
At Haas since 2015
2015 – present, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley 2009 – present, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley 2006 – 2009 Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, UCLA 2004, Consultant, World Bank Group, Washington D.C. 2002, Consultant, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C. 1997 – 2000, Research Analyst, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Studies Section, Washington D.C.
Media Appearances (5)
Why competition smashes corruption
"But audits matter because they change behaviour. In a 2016 National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper, Eric Avis, Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan examined the extent to which government audits in Brazil reduced corruption."
Does Higher Pay Attract Better Politicians?
Gotham Gazette online
"Economists Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan analyzed the educational and professional background of everyone who ran for municipal government in the year the amendment took effect, and tracked what the winning candidates did while in office."
Brazil and the Bloodsuckers
Foreign Policy online
"Research by two economists, Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan, concludes that Brazilian democracy does function properly in this sense."
Does money buy better politicians?
Boston Globe online
"Similar findings had appeared in a 2008 working paper by Claudio Ferraz from PUC-Rio in Brazil and Frederico Finan from University of California Berkeley."
Four faculty members awarded Sloan Fellowships
The Daily Californian online
"Assistant professors Frederico Finan and Yuriy Gorodnichenko from the department of economics and assistant professors Bjorn Hartmann and Michael Lustig from the department of electrical engineering and computer sciences were among the 126 young men and women selected for the award."
Selected Papers & Publications (6)
Progress and Perspectives in the Study of Political SelectionAnnual Review of Economics
Frederico Finan and Ernesto Dal Bo
Who Becomes a Politician?Quarterly Journal of Economics
Frederico Finan, Ernesto Dal Bo, Olle Folke, Torsten Persson, and Johanna Rickne
Do Government Audits Reduce Corruption? Estimating the Impacts of Exposing Corrupt PoliticiansJournal of Political Economy
Frederico Finan, Eric Avis, and Claudio Ferraz
The Personnel Economics of the StateEconomic Field Experiments
Strengthening State Capabilities: The Role of Financial Incentives in the Call to Public ServiceQuarterly Journal of Economics
Frederico FInan, Ernesto Dal Bo, and Martin A. Rossi
Corrupting Learning: Evidence from Missing Federal Education Funds in BrazilJournal of Public Economics
Frederico Finan and Diana B. Moreira